October 8, 2006
How about some changes to the Instrument Practical Test Standards (PTS) and instrument currency requirements?
Even though the FAA is phasing out nondirectional beacons (NDBs), instrument students can still be required to demonstrate the ability to fly the obsolete approaches during their practical test (checkride).
And even though a GPS-WAAS VNAV or LPV approach is flown just like an ILS, it doesn't "count" as a precision approach for either training or instrument currency.
"That doesn't make sense, particularly since we are transitioning our navigation system to satellite and will eventually eliminate most of the ground-based navaids," explained AOPA's Executive Vice President of Government Affairs Andy Cebula. And so the AOPA team pushed for changes in both the PTS and currency requirements with the people in Oklahoma City who can do something about it.
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August 10, 2006
Aeronautical Decision Making,
The NTSB has organized a safety seminar May 10 to focus on aerodynamic stalls and loss of control, a leading cause of general aviation fatalities.
Over the 75 years since AOPA’s founding, its principal goal has been to prevent GA from suffering a fate analogous to Bambi’s. Yes, AOPA’s charter gives the association three main goals: to make flying easier, safer, and more fun.
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